Employment Opportunities  >>  Public Works & Utilities

Plant Operator I

DeKalb County Government

Posted: Aug. 3, 2018

End Date: Nov. 3, 2018

Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to operate water and wastewater treatment facilities in compliance with federal, state and local regulations for the operation of water treatment, distribution, storage facilities and/or wastewater collection, lift stations or treatment facilities.

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.


Performs all aspects of operation, sampling, monitoring, and testing required to maintain compliance with federal, state and local regulations that govern water treatment and wastewater operations; performs laboratory analysis; and physically checks equipment to ensure correct operation feed, dosages, and calibrations necessary to properly operate facilities and systems.


Assists in the performance of regular and unscheduled repairs and maintenance on plant equipment and machinery;   conducts weekly checks of the treatment plant; rotates equipment; changes and connects chlorine and other specialized water treatment plant equipment; monitors chemical feed equipment, operates solids processing equipment; and operates load lugging trucks.


Collects potable water and wastewater samples and performs laboratory analysis such as pH, turbidity, chlorine levels, fluoride levels, dissolved oxygen levels, and total suspended solids, total volatile solids, and temperature on grab samples;   and calibrates lab equipment and instruments.

Monitors the SCADA systems for any changes that may affect the plant processes such as pressure changes, chemical pumps faulting out, distribution storage tank levels, chemical tank levels, turbidity levels, and filter function.

Prepares reports and records testing results; completes forms and various paperwork; enters data into the computer; and takes telephone calls and responds to customer complaints.

Maintains a safe and clean work environment (both inside the facilities and on the grounds) per OSHA and DeKalb County standards.

Assists in the training of entry level operators and lower classifications of operators (II and III) as needed.  Participates in continuing education classes and testing to maintain and renew Georgia and DeKalb County certification and licensure requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma or GED required; three years of experience in operation of a water or wastewater treatment facility; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required:  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license; must possess and maintain a valid State of Georgia Class I Water or Wastewater Operator License.